The mansion Bram’s uncle owns is her best chance to disappear. Not only is it in the tiny town of Louth, where no one but her uncle knows her, but the locals steer clear of the mansion and its Dead Girls. But when Bram arrives, she finds that not everything is as it seems at the mansion. If she stays for too long, she may join the Dead Girls and disappear for good.
Don’t Tell a Soul is a wonderfully chilling book. The mansion perfectly sets the scene for a story like this – a mansion with a burnt down wing almost totally abandoned and rumored to be both haunted and cursed. Bram doesn’t know who she can trust, and that makes it all the more frightening. Her uncle isn’t the man she remembers from her childhood, she inherently doesn’t trust the unfamiliar men around her, and the locals hate outsiders.
My favorite part of this book was probably the Dead Girls themselves and Bram’s reaction to them. Rather than accepting that they had died in horrific circumstances, Bram looks deeper into their stories to understand them and why they may have met the ends they did. Don’t Tell a Soul is full of strong female characters, intriguing stories, and a past that simply will not stay buried.
Yours in love and literature,
Content warning(s): drug abuse, drug addiction, alcoholism, murder, suicide, attempted rape, sexual assault, guns, knives, violence
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